I just love Photoshop CS5.5! There are so many things about it that are awesome, but I want to talk about one feature I use all the time… Content Aware Fill.
I don’t know about you, but I consistently get images from clients they would like to put on their website that include the nasty yellow printed dates! And sometimes it was taken 4-5 or more years ago. Not a good way to market your business or product because chances are, it’s evolved in one way or another since then, at least we hope so. With PS CS5.5 there is a really much simpler way to do this than using the clone stamp and the image is nearly perfect without needing any adjustments.
This is what I’m talking about:
So with about 10 minutes of your time, at most, let’s get rid of it!
I always make a duplicate layer of the image and lock and turn off the original image layer so that I do not mess with it. You will want to zoom in on the area that you are going to work with. Then grab the magic wand tool, hold down the shift key and start selecting all of the yellow (or whatever color your s may be) numbers. Now it is important that you not grab any other area except exactly what you want to remove.
Now you want to expand your selection 1 pixel to be sure you don’t leave any shadows of yellow! To do that go to the Select>Modify>Expand and select 1 pixel. Remember that you do not want to grab too much more than what you need.
Once you have it selected and expanded, go to Edit>Fill to open the fill window. Select Content-Aware from the dropdown and leave the rest of the settings to the default and click OK
You may need some touch up but it should be minimal. And depending on how big your photo is, you can do one or two characters at a time which will minimize the need for touch-up at all. Just play around with it because it’s a great tool! You might want to go to Adobe TV to see what else Content-Aware can do. It’s really magical! And then there’s Puppet Warp! Can’t wait to tell you about it!
Note: I hear a rumor that the next version of Creative Design Suite Premium with Photoshop CS6 is coming out this spring sometime so hold off!
Until next time…make it a great day!
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